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Application for the 2024 Learning Community for Michigan Raptor Migration Teaching Network

Are you a K-12 teacher or in/non-formal educator interested in creating place and project-based lessons and learning in community about hawks, migration and outdoor education? Please consider applying to join the Michigan Raptor Migration Teaching Network’s 2024-25 Learning Community!

The Michigan Raptor Migration Teaching Network (MRMTN) seeks to bring K-12 educators together to share the joys and wonders of raptor migration as we build understanding of this fascinating phenomena. MRMTN provides professional learning experiences for teachers, curates and creates materials for K-12 students related to understanding and experiencing the migration patterns of birds of prey, including large hawks, owls and eagles, along Michigan’s shorelines.

K-12 teachers and educators are encouraged to consider applying to join a Learning Community to develop lessons, activities and experiences for K-12 students related to raptor migration in Michigan. Successful applicants will be able to participate in two weekend expeditions to experience hawkwatching across Michigan, have capacity to work collaboratively during summer 2024 to develop learning materials for K-12 students and the ability to try out the materials with students during the 2024-25 school year. No bird watching experience is necessary! 

Program Specifics and Important Dates

*Compensation: $500 stipend + $100 classroom supplies + trip expenses

*For each trip, all expenses are covered including meals, lodging, sub-cost reimbursement to districts. Personal stipends and mileage will be reimbursed after each trip.


Spring Trip: Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch and Whitefish Point Bird Observatory

*Thursday, April 25 – Sunday, April 28, 2024 (thursday and sunday are travel days, program starts Thursday evening in Mackinaw City)


Fall Trip: Detroit River Hawk Watch

*Friday, Sept. 20 – Sunday, September 22, 2024 (Friday travel day, program starts at Friday dinnertime)


Optional Trip: HMANA’s 50th Anniversary Conference

*Duluth, MN, Nov. 7-10, 2024
*Scholarships available

To apply to join the MRMTN Learning Network, please submit this form by March 15, 2024. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Successful applicants will be notified by April 1, 2024.


Questions? Please email Kara and Josh at


Learn more about Kara and Josh Haas by visiting their websites.


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